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or the candidates. the segments will be three on the economy and one each on health care the role of government, and governing. with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics, and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers applause boos hiss among other noisy distracting things, so we may all concentrate on what the candidates have to say. there is a noise exception right now, though as we welcome president obama and governor romney. [ cheers and applause ] >> jim. >> gentlemen, welcome to you both. let's start the economy segment 1, and let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about creating new jobs? you have two minutes -- each of you have two minutes to start. a coin toss has been determined mr. president you go first. >> obama: thank you very much for this opportunity. i want to thank governor romney and the university of colorado for your hospitality. 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed t
issues of the campaign. the focus will be on the role of government, the economy and health care. mitt romney has a history of shall we sa waffling a little bit on these important issues we even have a collection of mitt's flip flops here inside the war room but this suggests where his position is actually going to be on wednesday night. first off, the role of government as a subject, and that really gets fundamentally to the issue of taxes, at least for mitt romney. the romney memo says that mitt romney will not raise taxes on anyone and that he will deliver tax cuts for the middle class. sounds pretty good, but the brookings tax policy center took a look at this issue, and here is what they found. under mitt romney 95% of americans making under $200,000 would have a tax increase averaging $2,000 while the wealthiest americans would see tax cuts of up to $86,000 per year. and his claim that he can give the wealthy those tax breaks and still close the deficit, that claim is mathematically impossible according to the tax policy center. romney's fuzzy math has p
on the economy completely out of context, that was also awarded four pinocchios. then there's the campaign's recent use of a 14-year-old clip out of context from obama using the word redistribution. that too four pinocchios. but we're not done yet. romney claimed obama raised healthcare costs by $2400 per person. that also, four pinocchios. rerepeatedly claims obama went on an apology tour after taking office. he did not. four pinocchios. romney claimed that 100,000 auto industry jobs have been don't even get me started on that one. i'll just say what the post said. four pinocchios, false. by the way, there's a lot more. the man cannot help himself. now, i would call him a serial liar but that would probably give serial liars a bad name. let's look beyond the hypocrisy and think about team romney's calling the president a liar in advance of the debates. what is that strategy all about? mostly it is about working the refs the media so the media is primed to listen for any falsehoods from the president during the debate. no
's some of what he said about his tax plan and the economy. >> romney: i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. my view is we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class but i'm not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. we have 23 million people out of work. or stop look for work in this country. >> eliot: here's how the obama campaign responded to some of the claims. with an ad released this afternoon that relied on fact checkers. >> mitt romney has not laid out specifics for how he would pay for his tax cut. he says it's by reducing deductions and closing loopholes but he hasn't said which or how many. so the verdict here the simply incomplete. >> eliot: by the way that 23 million unemployed claim is also incorrect. off by only eight million people. romney also attacked the president on the obama care issue. >> romney: cut $716 million from medicare to pay for it. i want to put the money back in
the economy down the wrong path and here is what i will do to change it. he has to be that simple that declarative or else people will tune out quickly. and he has got to talk to his folks immediately. i think a lot of this depends on jim lehrer. i think how aggressive will he be in the questioning and follow ups? will he become a bipartisan advocate going after inconsistencies? >> jennifer: the format is a little more flexible. so there's an opportunity for mitt romney to not only get his licks in but in response to the president as well. and if he doesn't come out swinging, i think he has let an opportunity pass. >> cenk: and on the other hand john, he can overstep if he is too disrespectful to the president. >> john: of course. yeah i'm here for zinger watch 2012. and i found it curious when his campaign leaked that he was rehearsing his ad libs a few days ago. but it's worth pointing out governor romney has only debated democrats twice in his career. he did a great job in the primary season not getting too flustered. but when you are being pummelled by se
and leadership skills and his understanding of the economy and what's missing right now in the economy. the pieces that are missing to get this jump started. for me i think it would be the emotional part of it. [ ♪ dramatic ♪ ] >> he's not emotionally ready to handle the presidency. >> stephanie: the rom bot something has gone awry. >> i'm sorry. you know i can't do that. >> stephanie: when they try to put fake emotion into the rom bot. that was scary. >> mediaite said that is worse than george romney's whole brainwashing thing. this has torpedoed his campaign. talk about the 3:00 a.m. phone call. what? what do i do? oh! >> stephanie: somebody said last week, that's what you want the guy who's going to roll down the plane window when there is a fire to take the 3:00 a.m. call. i'm an emergency spaz. some people are good in emergencies, some people are bad. i'm an emergency spaz. i'm not the person you want to be with. i'm naturally high-strung. i will always make it worse. okay. >> what? what? what's goi
a new economic patriotism together, we can rebuild this economy together. we will grow the middle class together. we will move forward together. >> eliot: not surprisingly, the same themes play a prominent role in a two-minute long ad the obama campaign is playing in seven swing states including ohio and virginia. >> obama: it's time for a new economic patriotism. rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. compare my plan to governor romney's and decide for yourself. >> eliot: to help voters make the decision, the obama campaign also put out another ad today putting pictures of real people over mitt romney's notorious comments to wealthy donors about americans who don't pay income tax. >> 47% of the people -- who are dependent on government. who believe they're victims. who believe government has responsibility to care for them. who believe they're entitled to healthcare and food, to housing, to you name it. >> eliot: while mitt romney and his super pac allies have raised
and then wonder idea we as a economy crashed. it was the same order of thinking. give the tax cut but don't worry about paying for it. that sounds like recent history repeated. >> stephanie: right. >> i just think we're going into the danger zone. >> stephanie: obviously facts and numbers supporting the president, including the unemployment rate falling to 7.8%. that's huge news, isn't it? >> i think it's great news. knowing that 7.8% is the lowest it has been since january of '09 when this president took office. so we're redoing -- getting a bet ere unemployment rate than we have had throughout his tenure. and it has been slow steady progress. and 418,000 people were new to the work force in september, so it shows a very strong opportunity out there for the economy, and also i'm told that the folks who have been out of work for five weeks or less are finding jobs quicker than they did a september ago, from a year ago. a lot of indicators out there that are very strong and we have to keep in mind too that the 114,000 jobs added last month may be driven upward becaus
the growth of our economy was downgraded to 1.#% rise in the gross domestic product. and in 2013 you will face the same divided congress as before. what will you do with no clear engine of growth out there. a second question by the president, every report by the financial crisis has been critical of your administration for not dealing with the mortgage crisis as part of a bigger resolution than the banks. what are you going to do to reboot conditions for homeowners who are still underwater. so never mind expectations. we shouldn't judge the debates now to my point. (vo) jennifer granholm ... >>for every discouraged voter, there are ten angry ones taking action. trickle down does not work. in romney's world, cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft. that is a whole bunch of bunk. the powerful may steal an election, but they can't steal democracy. nah, he's probably got... [ dennis' voice ] allstate. they can bundle all your policies together. lot of paperwork. actually... [ dennis' voice ] an allstate agent can help do the switching and paperwork for you. wel
biden. he gets it. he's in touch. you know what? 80% of the voters agree. this economy has been bad. people have been buried. that's why they want to elect a president and a vice president who get it. who are in touch and will have policies that help the middle class, not millionaires. so i agree with the vice president. i think 88% of the voters would agree, too. >> jennifer: i just love joe biden. he's just -- he's just the greatest. he really is. thank you so much as ever for coming inside "the war room." >> thank you. >> jennifer: you political junkgies, a big tuesday night with big names in "the war room." there are leaders in the feminist movement and then there's gloria steinem. her take on the war on women and the election is next. and in the spirit of phrases conservation, there are political historians and then there's douglas brinkley. he'll take us on an historical tour of debates past. and later, a compelling documentary about a city near and dear to my heart detroit michigan. we're go
? ♪ >> jennifer: so republicans don't have the economy to kick around anymore, well at least not the economy that actually exists. yesterday's jobless claims that the country has fully recovered and created even more. the president's overall jobs record is now net positive. therefore take away one of the republicans favorite talking points. well so what do they do? they start flailing wildly saying it can't possibly be true. and start talk about ronald reagan. >> ronald reagan at this point in his president, 8% growth -- >> we're not debating ronald reagan -- >> he hasn't fixed it and now we see economic growth -- we're heading towards a recession. >> jennifer: we're heading towards a recession. consumer confidence is at a seven-month high, the s&p 500 is up nearly 15% year to date. but this is what fox news does when the facts don't confirm with their version of reality, they call the data skewed. >> it's very strange that big unemployment number seems to be skewed. the department may be becoming a bit partisan. i state on air, and the left goes absolutely bonkers and
who spent the money and stimulated the economy. contrast that with tax breaks for high incomes who are given to people who are wealthy enough to set it aside. sure the tax cut policy was to be temporary, but so were the other tax cuts by george bush. the middle class needs champions who are just as vehemently as those who serve the top 1%. unleashed. joy behar. >> on my next show, i'll get into cohen to dish on all 36 current housewives, and still have time left over for bethany. >> eliot: with things looking bleak for mitt romney, the campaign is in need of a new strategy. some of the romney camp sees an opening. as written in the wall street journal. the biggest calamity for obama of course, the administration handling of the tragic attack after two weeks of tiptoe around a definitive answer, they released a statement saying that the attacks in libya from deliberate organized attacks carried out by extremists. >> intelligence community put out a lengthy document that explained the timeline here. i think in the days afterwards it was not clear that this was a terrorist attack as
, you are dealing with an economy that has grown at a rate that nobody is happy with so what are you going to do? >> we need every single voter engaged. as you know from your lifetime in politics elections are long and very complicated processes, a lot can happen in 40 days, so we'll keep pushing forward until the end of this thing. in terms of the economic questions for the president he is going to do what he has done throughout this campaign, where we started and what he inherited. we boss 3.5 million jobs headed into the first six months before he took the oaf value office. and what he has done to move us forward. and we're going to talk about the things we want to do and the plans he has to move us forward. some of the plans are on the table and have been obstructed by congress like the american jobs act, and some of these plans he has outlined on the stump and in our advertising, in terms of the energy solution investments in education and infrastructure. so we'll talk about how to move forward billing off of the last four years. >> eliot: all of that is cl
of weakness of obama upon which they should pounce. others say they should stay with the economy. joining me now former assistant to president clinton for national security affairs. thank you for joining us. >> a pleasure, eliot. >> eliot: let's start with the important question. what do we know about al-qaeda's attacks in the consulate in ben gassy. >> this was a well planned attack. somebody had been casing the consulate in benghazi for some time. whether they acted on the spur of the moment or if they had direction in outside of libya remains to be scene. >> eliot: the difficulty given the uncertainty and it's impossible to get your arms around all the facts very quickly. but the difficulty then is how do we then move in our evolving relationship with the new libyan government to control al-qaeda's presence and respect their sovereignty. where do we go in this evolving arab spring, in libya in particular. >> a lot of this takes time. building up a strong system of government, institution of government libya in particular build gadhafi never wanted an institution that would rival his him.
the president 46% to 49%. the poll shows many americans are feeling better about the economy, which, of course, is very good news for the president. 57% say it's in recovery, although 39% still say it is not. the president is also ahead in the latest swing state polls up eight points in virginia, 11 points in nevada and just three points in nevada where the debates are taking place tonight. with both romney and the president wrapping up final debate practice yesterday, joe biden was in north carolina and paul ryan in iowa. they traded jabs over the middle class. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been buried. we agree. >> mitt romney is under pressure to give more details into both his tax reform proposal and plans for the middle class. yesterday, he finally offered up an idea saying in order to pay for his reform each taxpayer would have a limit on how much they could deduct. the number he threw out was $17,000 and compared that to a bucket saying you can take whatever deductions you want but once you hit $17,000 that's it. we heard his
working teachers who are workers are paying the price that we're balancing the economy on their backs. until there is collective buy-in its difficult to see that crisis, and there is no question that we're better off that way. teachers' unions and unions in general have a public relations problem. they need to do a better job and they need changes as well. >> cenk: they're concentrating millions of dollars going in to try to destroy them. they need to--i'm sure they realize it, but they need to fight back much more effectively. professor rose, thank you, as always. >> cenk: when we come back, we're going to talk to someone in the race who is a real progressive--rocky anderson, the head of the justice party. he was mayor in salt lake city, utah. now, if he was in the debates how would he pull them to the left? that's when we come back. >> congress and the white house are on the take, and it's the american people who are getting burned. you disgust me. prove it. enough is enough. d-con baits are specially formulated to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. [ male announcer
. the debate focus around the economy as we knew it would and the candidates traded jabs over tax policies for the middle class. >> romney: under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried. they've been crushed. i will not under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle income families. >> obama: now, five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> romney is saying he would push for tax relief is another flip-flop. from his statement a few weeks ago that we should not expect a huge cut in taxes if he's elected president. we'll do some fact checking for you in the next current news update. despite the lies and contradictions from romney, a new cnn poll says 67% of voters do think he won the debate. more bill press coming up after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it is the vehicle. it's the way in which we evolve. every journey is different every possibility is uni
have worked hard to build their businesses from the ground up is how our economy became the enemy of the world. it is the american way, and i wish this president would learn how to be an american. >> jamal: wow. so learn how to be an american. born in hawaii to a kansas mother. raised by his grandmother, his grandfather was a world war ii veteran, and educated in new york and massachusetts, needs to learn how to be an american, an american president. how about that. let's talk first to betty in california. what do you think? >> caller: i think he has been treated horrible since day one. i think he has been treated with no respect whatsoever. it drives me crazy, and unfortunately, i do think it's because of his race which makes me ashamed to say i'm white. i just -- i don't understand how they can disrespect him so much. i have never seen one of our presidents treated like this ever. it's unbelievable. >> jamal: so betty you probably remember bill clinton when he was president of the united states. people said some pretty nasty things about him, and they talked a
on the economy. we'll consult you off and let the other person speak but have at it, gentleman. >> do we get more honest debates in the primary? >> maybe, but it's hard to get more out of the candidates, because so little time is devoted to each. >> that's true. >> oddly enough, the lesser likely to be the nominee candidates end up getting the more serious questions and less time during the debates than the candidates elected to be the nominee. >> is it a deliberate collusion to cushion the front-runners. >> no. i think what the media does at least in the primaries is to say if we don't include these interesting people, there will be no end to it. the other things is how are these candidates supposed to break out if they are not included. they are all former congress people and senate people. it's not every candidate that's running. in new hatch shire or iowa, you're walking to that ballot box, those nine people are going to be on the ballot, but so are 35 others. >> you think the debate can sway the argument? during the debate can. >> i think the tone barack obama took in 2008 compared to john m
that bill, you're saying you don't believe tax cuts help an economy. you don't believe tax cuts help jobs. >> mitt romney having his bank account, can you imagine a president of the country not wanting to pay taxes having his bank accounts in other countries so he can dodge the taxes? >> john: i don't have to imagine it. i can see it on my tv during the debate. let me ask you another question, are you going to be supporting mark for congress. >> caller: is he a democrat? i just got his pamphlet in the mail. >> john: he's an openly gay democrat running for office. he ran years ago back in the '90s and was outed by his republican opponent and it buried him in the election. this year, he's running as an openly lgbt candidate. i got the chance to interview him when i was filling in for jennifer granholm on her excellent show, "the war room." we did a week and we did a whole series of lgbt candidates for office. mark is a teacher in riverside running for congress from your district. check him out. >> caller: i'm a chris
this is not an overnight fix. >> cenk: that's what you're saying, but the action. >> and the restored economy you know who is going to benefit first. >> cenk: actions speak louder than words mr. president. >> the action i'm showing you is 36 straight months, 37 straight months of job growth and $3,600 average. >> cenk: you give them tax cuts but it didn't work. >> is that what you want-- >> cenk: you say you're worried about my plan. i can say i got this problem with your plan and i got that problem with your plan. but we saw your plan for straight four years. and it didn't work. median income failed. isn't that true, mr. obama. >> what kind of finishing school did you go to governor? the idea here is that my plan did work. there are more people working than when i took office. there are more people who got tax breaks in the middle class. >> cenk: yeah, the rich. >> and are you listening? governor? in the middle class $3,600 average per family in the middle class, and we are in a continued wave of recovery. the people see it working. you haven't given us a plan either about what you're going to do. at lea
fugelsang sees what happens. >> you know, blaming this economy on barack obama is kinda like blaming your hangover on the guy making breakfast. i like mitt romney but i'm sorry. they guy has flipped more than a crack house mattress. this campaign has become so toxic, beverly hills housewives are now injecting it into their foreheads. (vo) so current gave him a weekly show. >> i love romney's debate style, but i tell you, if i could be that stiff for 90 minutes, i'd ... (vo) we probably won't regret it. alright let's break it down. mom, pop it. ♪ ♪ two inches apart, becky. two inches. t-minus nine minutes. [ ding ] [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls. let the making begin. ♪ ♪ hmm these smell amazing, too bad the guys aren't here we're clear. ok, swarm! swarm! hello [ female announcer ] pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. let the making begin [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: now, it wasn't all bad for president obama last night. did he have a couple of good lines in there. if you take them by themselves, you say those were good points. on the issues of the ta
the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place. there's no doubt that from a performance art perspective governor romney was pretty good last night. james lipton should be pleased. but that wasn't the goal. he danced around his position on the issues and that's what you heard the president and vice president saying on the campaign trail. >> jennifer: just quickly one more question about last night then i do want to pivot forward because the opportunity is, of course to move and get up off the mat. a lot of people have been asking was the strategy to go in and perhaps be less confrontational more sober so that mitt romney would be in an attack mode which might make him look either not presidential or not likable. was there strategy there? >> the american people know that mitt romney can ably attack the president. that's been the premise of his campaign for the last year and a half. he started out with his republican opponents mowing them down and telling them to stop whining and then attacking th
it. >> ann romney: stop it. >> stephanie: economies have stepped forward to soothe us all, the idea that we would run out of pork is really overblown. [ applause ] >> stephanie: so everybody can go back to what you were doing. >> ann romney: stop it. >> stephanie: bacon mania going on in the country. >> there was. >> stephanie: linda in california you are on the "stephanie miller show." >> caller: good morning. i have three quickies and one relevant. will you let me do it? >> stephanie: sure. >> caller: before anybody votes for lord mitt romney they might want to check out the september 22nd airing of how the state got their shapes. it's about utah and mormons. >> i have seen that special. it's really cool. >> caller: it is. and people should check that out before they vote for mitt. the second thing is thanks to the women who cleaned their house, because i was sitting around like a big slug enjoying your show, but now i have gotten cleaning. and third thing is scott brown would not comment on the red sox question, and elizabeth warren is not afraid to answer any ques
's debate, the economy, the former chairman of the colorado republican party g.o.p. strategist dick wadhams and david shuster. thank you for joining us. you are in hostile territory tonight. i appreciate you coming into the crossfire surrounded by current hosts. >> nice to have you here. we always talk over the teleprompter. your guy, mitt romney today, we're going to get to the economy in a minute. what he said about immigration seems once again, to be an etch-a-sketch moment. had he really wanted to woo and appeal to the latino voters which is i think necessary if you would want to stay in the campaign, he should have said this months ago. why wait until now? it looks as though, once again the weather vane flips around. he's erasing the rhetoric in the past and it looks like me-too-ism. i hate to sound skeptical. what is the approach with latino voters. can he win without him? >> i think he was dealing with the reality of what the president did on that issue. i've said all along that republicans' appeal to lati
should not raise taxes when the economy is in trouble. the economy is in more trouble today, so why is he in favor of raising taxes now, if he was opposed to it a year ago. >> stephanie: it's despicable. >> america's mayor everyone. if rich people hired more people when they had more money, we would have like an unemployment rate of zero at this point. rich people are doing so much better than they have ever done before, their tax rate is lower than it has ever been. they should be hiring people up the wa-zoo at this point. >> they are in china. >> yeah. and people like rudy giuliani get jobs to go on television, and if anybody should be unemployed it should be him. >> stephanie: that's right. thank you karl frisch. love you, mean it. >> all right. talk to you soon. [ applause ] >> stephanie: i'm sleepy this morning. bee in virginia. we have instant pundits all morning long. hi bee. >> caller: hi, i have three points. one, i don't believe in the right putting rapists and child molesters over victims. so even if mitt romney puts his poo on a cake i don't have to eat
mallory, do you think in this global economy when our economic competitors are not playing by the total hands off free market, trickle down rules, do you think that america will win jobs if we continue to basically be bystanders to being partners with business, to bring jobs here? >> well, we moved a lot of our financial sector jobs out with sarbanes-oxley. i was over in london and saw a presentation by the london stock exchange which says that we're a sarbanes free oxley zone. you don't want to list on the nasdaq. there's a lot of things we're doing to move jobs out. but government is heavily involved in every aspect of our lives. the question is how much more do we want to involved? if we got a little less involved, people could have the freedom to start those companies. government will never be able to be out of everybody's lives totally. there will always be a role for government. the question is what is that role? how do you have that role? how do you have that role? this we talk about heavily in s
economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> i don't care about those people. >> stephanie: those people. eke. john we were talking about the republicans and mitt romney trying to desperately politicize this thing. >> it's like they will use the deaths of americans for political points whether it's fast and furious or this. and the good news is it's a sign of how desperate they are. >> stephanie: yeah. president obama did not start an unnecessary war like george bush. >> yes the one of them tried in a district court. >> stephanie: john at this point are we just fighting over words. clearly it is a form of terrorism, yes. people were killed but until you know all of the reasons to what degree -- i don't think the date was a coincidence. do you? >> no. but their glee -- their glee that they can use the word terrorism to me brings to mind what happened at fort hood when that loan nut shot our shoulders. and they did the same thing. he was an unbalanced muslim soldier who cracked. now they are kind
have said don't trust that number. >> it's not an excuse to talk down the economy and score a few political reports. >> this is manna from heaven. >> do you worry you've offended the 47%. >> it's not elegantly stated. >> obama: my opponent has been trying to reposition. >> it's completely wrong. >> obama: he said he would eliminate funding for public television. thank goodness someone is getting tough on big bird. we didn't know that big bird was driving the federal government. >> cenk: great numbers unelement has fallen to a 44-month low to 7.8%. it used to be at 8.1% so we're finally below 8%. 114,000 jobs have been added and the july and august numbers added more jobs which happens all the time. this is great news for america. more people back at work. so of course the republicans are celebrating right? of course not. no way. they're panicked over it. oh, my god this is going to cause us this election. dammit, i can't believe more americans are working. now go to unbelieving. unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change numbers. that's
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